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According to sources, former prime minister Gordon Brown had recommended Cowell for his charity work, in particular his efforts with the chart-topping single 'Everybody Hurts', which raised money to help victims of the Haiti earthquake, reports contactmusic.com.
'Gordon Brown was very keen for Simon to get proper recognition for his work,' said a source.
'He was particularly impressed by the way Simon responded to his suggestion to release the record for Haiti by dropping everything to ensure it was a success.